TOP 3: Junior drivers who we could soon see feature in F1

Formula One has seen some phenomenal drivers in the past couple of years who have broken long-standing records. There has undoubtedly been a huge influx of talent in motorsports in recent years.

Here, we have picked three junior drivers to watch out for the F1 seat in the upcoming seasons.

Jüri Vips:

This rising star from Estonia has already made a mark in racing at the age of 20.

He is currently competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with Hitech Grand Prix. He also claimed the 2017 ADAC Formula 4 overall title in 2017.

In 2018, he became a part of the Red Bull Junior Team after four race wins and fourth place in the Formula 3 European Championship.

Given his impressive profile, it will be interesting to see Vips in the upcoming seasons.

Liam Lawson:

Liam Lawson #5 Hitech GP, poses for a portrait during round four of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain on August 1, 2020. // Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool // SI202008010117 // Usage for editorial use only //

Red Bull has claimed that Liam Lawson is one of the most prodigious talents in the Red Bull Junior Team driver development programme.

He is currently competing in the 2021 FIA Formula 2 Championship with Hitech Grand Prix.

Lawson scored his first big victory at the European Formula Three Championship in Spielberg, Austria in 2020. He finished 5th in the 2020 season and secured seats in F2 as well as the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 for the full DTM season with AF Corse.

His achievements at the age of 19 make him a pretty strong contender for an F1 seat.

Frederik Vesti:

This 19-year-old Danish racing star is currently competing in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship for ART Grand Prix.

He is the inaugural champion of the Formula Regional European Championship where he claimed 13 race wins out of 24. In January 2021, Vesti was announced as a Mercedes Junior Team driver.

On Vesti’s signing to Mercedes, Gwen Lagrue, Driver Development Advisor for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, said, “Fred’s commitment and dedication is something we love to see and hugely respect. I remember him sending me updates on his debut seasons in single seaters and letting us know details of his progress, which is something we always appreciate.

“His Formula Regional European Championship in 2019 was impressive and in FIA F3 last year, he was very consistent. We are happy to welcome him into the Mercedes family and look forward to seeing him fight for the title this season in FIA F3!.”

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